My good friend Emily directed me to a fascinating Forbes.com article called “The Odd Clever People Every Organization Needs.” As I was reading it, I was thinking that the type of person the authors were describing either fit me or were describing Sheldon from “The Big Bang Theory.” As I was reading this from my laptop while seated on my designated corner of my couch, I thought it was absurd that I was even making this connection. Then my second thought was “oh no… I hope my ‘clever’ outshines my ‘odd’ to those that I work with.”
Clever people are highly talented individuals who have the potential to create disproportionate amounts of value from the resources that an organization makes available to them.
–They know their worth (their skills are not easily replicated). –They ask difficult questions. –They are organizationally savvy. –They are not impressed by corporate hierarchy. –They expect instant access to decision makers. –They are well connected outside of their organizations. –Their passion is for what they do, not for who they work for. –Even if you lead them well, they won’t thank you.